The North Star Caucus for Socialism and Democracy has proposals for the DSA Convention this summer. The first one put forward here -- “Unite Against the Ultra-Right” -- is aimed at building a broad front against the incipient neo-fascism of the Republican Party. We urge all members of Democratic Socialists of America to sign on. A minimum of 300 signatures is required for a resolution to be considered at the convention. After you have signed, please circulate it among your comrades for support.
Here is the text:
Uniting Against the Ultra-Right
Authors: Duane Campbell (Sacramento), Itzhak Epstein (New York City), Barbara Joye (Greater Atlanta), Max Sawicky (Metro DC)
Democratic socialists must take seriously the threat to our democracy posed by the extremist right-wing elements in the US that have coalesced around the MAGA movement and its allies and gained control of the Republican Party to the point where it is barely distinguishable from them. The ultra-right’s rule would undermine our already inadequate constitutional order in favor of authoritarian rule by the propertied classes, combined with weakening of the federal government and the suppression of basic civil rights, environmental protection and public services.
To say that the ultra-right is the principal enemy does not mean that it is the only enemy. It means, however, that we must focus on uniting democratic socialists, progressives and all those willing to build towards a majority which can defeat this threat. This broad front must be multi-racial and cross-class. It cannot be an alignment of the Left alone nor can it be limited to those who are in total agreement with a left/progressive agenda.
We are aware that the necessary organized nucleus of such a broad front does not exist and that DSA is not a part of such an alliance. Therefore, we are taking the first steps toward its formation and also addressing the issue that the democratic left is splintered among many organizations that often act with little coordination. Improvement should start by DSA approaching its nearest sister organizations.
Budget and Staff Implications:
One staff person will collaborate with other organizations in establishing the broad front and serve as a resource person to DSA on fighting the ultra-right. The broad front may establish its own staff and financial resources.
There will be a need for a staff person, if there isn't one yet, to look after cooperation and coordination with other democratic left organizations. This person will assist DSA bodies in working with their opposite numbers.
DSA should urgently work in cooperation with like-minded organizations to establish a broad front that is committed to the defeat of the ultra-right. The foundation of this block should rest on improved cooperation and coordination among democratic left organizations on issues such as the defense of democracy, the Green New Deal, labor organizing, reproductive choice, universal health care, racial justice, and progressive taxation.
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3/27/2023 07:06:25 pm
We strongly believe that the most effective way to combat the authoritarian threat is to unite with a broad front of forces against the ultra-right in the nation, which includes MAGA, neo-confederates, Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, ALEC, militias, too many Republicans, and numerous reactionary super PACs, foundations, and think tanks. The resolution also proposes improving cooperation among DSA and its sister organizations, which is necessary in order to organize the broad front against the right.
James A Young
3/27/2023 09:24:58 pm
We need to remember the price of standing aside, critical but quiet.
4/4/2023 07:02:13 pm
I agree and I wish I could come to all your meetings but I can't! But I'll donate to your cause because I believe we need a solution to defeat the far right too! I consider myself a democratic socialist! I can't stand bigotry and Trump is a Nazi who needs to be in prison for his crimes!
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